Words & Photo by Leslie Sy

manila city traffic cam 01The City of Manila will soon be installing cameras at major road intersections as part of it's non-contact apprehension approach in the updated Traffic Management Code. As a result, there would be less traffic enforcers on the streets and violators of traffic rules will be monitored and recorded on video cameras. This is inline with Mayor Joseph Estrada's previous announcement to rid his city of “kotong” (extortionist) cops and traffic enforcers

Counselor Letlet Zarcal said the Manila City government is in discussion with the Land Transportation Office for access to their vehicle registration database. Among the items discussed are the terms of agreement for enforcement and the penalties. Initially, five major intersections will be installed with cameras which are: Quirino Avenue-Osmeña Highway, España Boulevard-A. Lacson Avenue, Dimasalang-A. Lacson Avenue, Pedro Gil-Taft Avenue, and Tayuman Street-Rizal Avenue.

Words by Beeboy Bargas | Photos by Christopher Kho

mitsubishi mirage race carStaging an auto test drive for a new vehicle entails an enormous risk for any vehicle manufacturer or distributor. There are so many variables that come into play. An accident can happen, which is to some degree may be unavoidable in such an activity. Like a game of chance, the risk just gets higher and higher as more test drives are done - be it the motoring press or a special group like the brands club or a big fleet client. It’s a numbers game. The more they are out being driven the higher the risk.

I liken it as, at least the emotional part, Imagine You being the Distributor/manufacturer as a new car owner as in its your 1st brand new car you have ever purchased and someone asks to try driving it. Ask yourself, How would you feel? Now imagine a line of 50 people just waiting to get their turn at the wheel. Are you starting to get nervous now? Are you worried that your newly purchased and prized possession is going to end up like a run down and ruined by the time the 50 people are done.

cagi filinvest signingThe selection process to determine the 2013-2014 Philippine Car of the Year begins anew with the formalization of the partnership between Car Awards Group, Incorporated, the country’s premier automotive award-giving body, and Filinvest Alabang, Incorporated, this year’s venue partner for the P-COTY Test Fest.

We are delighted to conduct the 2013-2014 P-COTY Test Fest at Filinvest City Alabang,” says Bam Olivares, CAGI Vice-President for Internal Affairs. He adds, “Because of its proximity to Metro Manila and the excellent facilities and road network available in Filinvest City Alabang, we have the perfect venue that approximates real world urban driving conditions that will aid us in testing this year’s batch of new cars.”

Photo & Video by Honda Japan

sound of hondaWhether your a Honda fan of not, you'll agree that Ayrton Senna is one of the best, if not the best Formula One driver that ever lived. Here is a video of the story of Honda's Ayrton Senna Tribute video. Be sure to click closed caption tab on the bottom right of the video to get a the full story and a better insight on what can be considered as one of the critical secrets in racing. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Video after the jump.

Words and photos by Ian Magbanua

mbde2013-1First off, let me start this by quietly raising a beer to these twins of our generation, SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY. Thank you, for advancing our lives in beautiful ways and making the automobile possible. See, it doesn't really matter if you're an old-school or nu-scholl motorhead, there is a spattering of science and technology in every generation of the automobile. In itself, the Car is a product of Science and Technology, no matter what year, make or model. So, CHEERS!

And on a beautiful, sunny Saturday, CATS Motors Inc., the local Mercedes benz distributor, brought us to Subic Bay Internationational Airport to show us the latest practical advancements in motoring technology: The Mercedes Benz Driving Experience 2013.

Words by Christopher Kho
blaze euro4
As a regular motorist (if that's a fair general classification), I drive an average of 10,000 km a year within Metro Manila, at an average speed of 40 km/h if I'm lucky, and get 8.5 km/L in my 2006 Civic. Given that premise, I never saw the need to fill up on high octane unleaded gasoline. Instead, I settle for regular which probably saves me around P140 per full tank over the fancy stuff. Then came Petron with their new Blaze 100 Euro 4 fuel.
Words by Leslie Sy
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Traffic jams are a daily reality for anyone who drives around Metro Manila. Day or night. And it only gets worse even if it rains ever so slightly. With today's technology and internet connectivity, there should be some way of knowing which roads are free and which ones are to avoid altogether in real time, right?
There are those like MMDA's Traffic Navigator that does well to inform its users of the traffic condition on major roads in the Metro. But what about the thousands of kilometers that are not covered by the MMDA's system? Fortunately there is a solution and it's an app called Waze - available for both iOS and Android devices. Best part is, it's free.
Words by Leslie Sy
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Metro Manila's traffic congestion has been a problem for everyone in the region for at least the last two or three decades. The major highways that connect its 16 cities turn into parking lots as vehicles come to a virtual standstill during the morning and evening rush hours. In a bid to help alleviate this problem, President Benigno Aquino III proposed in late 2010 a driverless, fully-automated guideway transit system simply known as the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) to improve public transport and hopefully, lessen cars on the road. But is it really the answer to Metro Manila's traffic problem?
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